December 30, 2010

review: Cross Fire

Guest review
Cross Fire  (17th Alex Cross novel)
author James Patterson
published November 2010
source of book:  Crazy Book Tours

summary from Goodreads:    Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories

Our guest reviewer is my daughter, Tracy.  She has been a long-time fan of James Patterson books.

Cross Fire, the latest in James Patterson’s Alex Cross series, did not disappoint. It was everything I love in a Patterson novel - a quick read that keeps me intrigued without overheating my brain. I read Patterson as an escape - a way to zone out for a few hours and not have to think too terribly hard about anything. Cross Fire fit the bill, especially during an hectic Christmas week.
Although it’s been a while since I read anything from the Alex Cross series, I picked right back up on Alex, Nana, and the kids. I know I should have remembered some of the other characters, but didn’t. (Like Alex’s fiancee... Huh? I must have missed that along the way.) But luckily, my faulty memory didn’t keep me from enjoying Cross Fire. I picked up quickly and was sucked in again; though that’s no huge surprise, considering my long term love for Patterson books and his intriguing, page-turning style.  
I’ve heard people call Patterson a “guilty pleasure.” Not me. Finding a book that’s an easy way to simply zone out and relax for a few hours? I don’t feel guilty at all.